Professor Murat Yucel

Monash University School of Psychological Sciences

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In this video, Professor Murat Yucel explains the way gambling addiction and reward systems work in the brain. He shares his excitement for studying the similarities between different addictions to find new ways to treat gambling addiction from a neuroscience perspective.

Murat Yucel


Professor Murat Yucel is a Professorial Fellow within the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, where directs the Monash Clinical and Imaging Neuroscience (MCIN) laboratory. He is also Head of the 'Addiction Neuroscience' theme (one of seven major research themes within the School) and is holds an appointment within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellowship scheme (2007-current).

Recognised as an expert in the area of biological psychiatry and addiction neuroscience, Professor Yucel's research crafts innovations in the application of psychological and brain imaging techniques to human populations. He has influenced thinking across three main themes: (i) determining the long-term impact of heavy cannabis use on brain, cognition and mental health; (ii) understanding the neural and psychological basis of reduced self-regulation across as drug and behavioural addictions; and (iii) clarifying the underlying neurobiology of several psychiatric illnesses (including psychosis, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder).

Professor Yucel's discoveries have led to increased public and professional awareness on these topics and established his group at the forefront of addiction and psychiatric neuroscience research in Australia.

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